Richmond star Dustin Martin rested ahead of milestone match at MCG against Hawthorn

Richmond have opted to rest Dustin Martin for their trip to Adelaide, paving the way for the superstar to play his 300th game at the MCG.

It was an easy decision for injury-hit Richmond, who face the Crows at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday after a five-day break.

Martin was ill on Tuesday and did not attend the Tigers’ main training session at Punt Rd.

The 32-year-old will become the seventh Richmond player to bring up 300 games when he runs out against Hawthorn at the MCG on June 15.

“He’s a bit crook,” Richmond coach Adem Yze said of Martin.

“It was always going to be based on how he got through [training].

“Whether he trained or not, there [still] would have been a big question mark on him.

Dustin Martin is set to become the seventh Tiger to clock 300 games when he runs out against Hawthorn next week.(Getty Images: AFL Photos/Dylan Burns)

“The silver lining to that is the fact that he will get to play his 300th in front of our home crowd against the Hawks next week.

“We’re disappointed that he’s not available for this week, but for our supporters and our Tiger army, they’ll get to see him — which will be great.”

In a major boost for Richmond, reigning Jack Dyer medallist Tim Taranto is shaping as a genuine chance to return from a broken wrist.

The star midfielder has been missing since round five after injuring himself at training.

“[Taranto] had a big session on Saturday, got through that, so we feel like he’s ready to go,” Yze said.

Dion Prestia will be back to face the Crows after the injury-prone midfielder was rested for last Saturday night’s loss against Geelong.

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